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Gene Van Winkle

Following World War II in 1946, Gene Van Winkle became an official with National Speedways, Inc. (NSI) operating IMCA races as a pit steward and later as the nattily-attired starter. The mid-1950s saw the group promoting about 60 races per year, including sprints, stock cars and midgets in 10 states. In 1961, Van Winkle was named Vice-President of NSI, and in 1972 served as President. Van Winkle passed away December 15, 1996. He was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1998.


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The 20th Annual Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall located at 241 Victory Lane in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Tickets are $20 each. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6:30.

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